Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.0
464 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 595-5735
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rt. 129
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 464 People Are Saying
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice and the server was amazing

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Worst service I have ever experienced in all my years of fine dining. This waiter could not have been more inept, and visibly disinterested in his job. Screwed up every course of my meal. And didn’t care. Unfortunately this place was always one of my favorite places for years and years. And now I’ll never be back.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This had some of the most spectacular food we have ever eaten!

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was cordial and friendly. Food was excellent. Glad this restaurant is still there since the one in Boston does not exist anymore.

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JW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant I have ever been to. I enjoy the food, the services and the scenic view.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Go to this restaurant fairly often. Food is good. Called ahead to confirm my reservation that day and requested a window table. Was told they couldn’t do that. Asked about outside table, again no guarantee. I don’t think the staff that over sees seating people is very good. Servers are good. Usually sit in the Tavern side.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

lets start by saying the place is in a great location amazing view and staff was amazing , but if you are looking for some savory food this is not the place , or its just me my palate requires a little more condiments and less sauce on things , but like I said above everything else was perfect .

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is very old and tired rugs dirty everything in the place needs updating we were celebrating our 49 Anniversary and thought we would go back to the place we had one of our first dates they diffenatly have not made any changes in all that time sorry we went

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Good.
Good Fish Selection. 😎

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food.
Nice view of the Ocean. 😎

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was very disappointed that the host / hostess didn't pay any attention to the request I made when making my reservation thru Open Table. I specifically asked for a table that I could be seated next to my girlfriend as I am deaf in one ear. The host took us to what I thought was perhaps the worst table in the place at the far back right in front of the kitchen and would have to have sat across from each other. If the place was busy and I didn't have a reservation that would be one thing, however I would say it was less that 50% full with plenty of window tables available. I told him " he could do better " , I said how about a window table, which after a shrug of the shoulders we moved to or we were out the door.

The food was average at best, I highly doubt I will be back.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful building and decor. Food was fresh!

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LB
New England
171 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Excellent food and beautiful scenic view. Best crabs around.

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great seafood and beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and of Boston on the horizon.

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O
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent . View was perfect . Restaurant outdated. Dirty dishes and utensils . Employees had stains on uniforms .

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony’s in Swampscott is always an excellent dining experience. Our last visit to celebrate 32 years of marriage ( and 32 years of dining at Anthony’s) was sensational. From the martinis, to the food (stew, oysters, lobsters, steaks, side dishes), to the service, to the amazing views !! everything top notch! Some of these newbie restaurants could learn a thing or two from this gem of an establishment. Keep up the 5 star tradition! We will be back.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had very good seafood at Anthony's Pier 4. We loved the popovers and roasted veggies. Our waiter was very nice.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful seafood dinner. Service was great

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is spectacular. The food presentation could be a little better but it tasted good. Love the popovers !! Really a bit more formal than most restaurants but not as it use to be. A hidden gem that most people don’t know about.

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PW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when dining at Anthony’s. The fried clams were small and cooked just right. I had my favorite, baked stuffed shrimp. My friends had the poached salmon and the lobster roll. All were wonderful. Also, the libations were made perfect..Paul W

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RB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice time had by all! Food was good and service was great for a holiday evening

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A
New England
44 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a good meal with friends. Our waitress was very nice but clearly inexperienced. The restaurant itself looks very tired, esp the carpeting that was lumpy, in spots sticky. Our food was very good, cooked perfectly. Kudos to the kitchen staff that night.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant had a nice waterfront view - we were seated right by the window. Servers are very well dressed but place looks a bit run down. Menu prices were closer to Boston downtown. Food was pretty good but a bit overpriced.

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DR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress “ Faith” was terrific! Knowledgible, Friendly, And Genuinely Pleasant making our 36th Anniversary Dinner a very enjoyable experience. Promote this Gal and give her a BIG Raise!!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I wanted to dine outdoors. We were seated on the outside deck which was delightful. The food was quite good and our waitress was amazing!

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AG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great view and good service. Disappointing food quality for the $

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PF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Daughter college graduation

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OL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service! The food arrived lukewarm.The waiter was Absent. Items arrived late such as the utensils for handling the lobster.

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DR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love this old time Boston area favorite. It’s full of memories. The views are incomparable- the sea and the air are typical New England. We had crab cakes and steamed clams as a starter. Then we ordered lobster roll and portobello mushrooms surrounded by a crust. Of course it was good. The pop overs are the best in New England. We had a leisurely meal. The Indian pudding is authentic and dark.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Been there a few times, but this time the dinner was unimpressive. Bouillabaisse I ordered was very salty. Added half a lobster, it was unfresh tested like rubber.
The waitress was unenthusiastic to the best. She did not even bother to offer birthday song singing after we mentioned it's a birthday event.
I sincerely hope the franchise will keep up the quality and service.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very dated restaurant, service was horrible the place was empty and I had to go to the manager to get service, in fact he got our drinks. The food was ok but not for what they charged, would not recommend this restaurant. Sorry

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious dining in the Anthony's tradition even though it was New Year's Eve, a night when restaurants are often stressed and not able to live up to expectations. Lovely seats with a view
of Boston and tables far enough from one another to make conversation easy and enjoyable.

Can't say enough about a lovely dining experience.

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K
New England
528 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Past it’s time. Old. However, Grand Plat of seafood was fresh and delicious and not unreasonable. Wines by the bottle are exceptional and extraordinarily reasonable.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location on the water overlooking Boston with a nice traditional menu. Everything is
always beautifully prepared and graciously served.

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Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

view is amazing, food horrible waitress knew nothing about the food, every question we asked she had to go ask someone else.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

So romantic sitting at the window watching the boats at sunset. I'm in a wheelchair and it was so easy to get into the dining room.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I proposed to my wife here 25 yrs ago and wanted to go back for the occasion. I made a reservation online with a note about that, hoping that they would realize the specialty of the occasion. When we arrived at 7 pm, it was pretty empty so they never looked at the reservation or asked us anything but simply took us to a table.

The whole place has changed and it now looks like a mediocre hotel conference room. Totally different from the cozy nook with separate entrance with 2 steps and wooden banister that I remember. NOT at all cozy.

Generous portions but not very good food. I ordered the sole which was reasonable but no special sauce or anything. Kind-a dry. It came with total simple white rice, that's it. No veggies or anything. For the price, I would have expected maybe 2 large pieces of fish instead of 3 but with some special way of serving it or something on the side but it simply came on a white plate without anything on the fish like a little piece of dill or whatever to make it look pretty. Just "no love" into the cooking or presentation of the food.

The staff seemed a bit disorganized. Trying hard to please but it just did not have a happy feel to it.

I suggest a complete overhaul of the place because the location is great. Good luck.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, enjoyed dining at Anthony's ...Love Anthony's.. our favorite restaurant !
View is always spectacular as well as dinner and service is superb. Best popovers in the US! We brought a friend from Dallas and he raved how great, and Anthony's met all expectations on baked stuffed lobster.
Five Star!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The service it was great, the view is great. The food it was ok, a bit expensive considering the quality. For the price we paid I would expected something more refined.

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